IN PICTURES: Welwitschia mirabilis


Picture of giant ancient Welwitschia plant in Namibia

Welwitschia mirabilis is undoubtedly one of the world's strangest plants. Considered

a living fossil it is the only surviving member of its ancient family (Welwitschiaceae).

They are incredibly long-lived, certainly over 1,000 years, with some estimates suggesting

they can reach 2,000. They are restricted to the Namib Desert.

© Ghillean Prance